Imagine a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure with no down time that melts away fat from stubborn areas like love handles, forever.
No literally… It’s not a dream, its cryolipolysis! This fat-freezing technology is a one-of-a-kind non-surgical fat reduction treatment that is safe and effective for reducing fat. This treatment focuses on fat from problem areas that aren’t responding to diet and exercise like love handles. Dr. Tumi offers cryolipolysis technology procedures as a CoolSculpting Certified Clinic. This procedure is a simple and faster way to eliminate fat for good! Keep reading to find out more about this procedure and if it is right for you.
What is CoolSculpting & How Does it Work?
CoolSculpting is a procedure that uses cryolipolysis or ‘fat-freezing’ technology to freeze fat cells in a targeted area. The non-surgical procedure doesn’t leave any marks and leaves you able to get back to normal and even work out, right away. The process takes multiple one hour sessions depending on your situation which is something you and your surgeon can discuss in a consultation. This treatment is FDA approved for these 9 treatment areas on the body where there are visible bulges:
- under the chin
- jawline areas
- bra fat
- back fat
- underneath the buttocks
- upper arms
This procedure applies -7°C cooling pads to slowly freeze fat cells, since they freeze faster than skin cells. The cooling plates gently and precisely target the specific areas listed above which include love handles, to effectively remove excess fat. All that you need after an hour session, is a nice massage to break down the treated fat cells. You are typically back to normal, the same day, with little to no down time. The frozen fat cells are metabolized by the liver and are slowly expelled by the body in 2 to 6 months, in a process called apoptosis. After the cells are expelled, you will see visible reductions in the thickness of the layers of fat in the areas you choose to target. These fat cells are gone for good after being expelled from the body giving you long-term results. With healthy lifestyle habits, your fat cells will not return, however, you can gain weight which will cause the fat cells to expand once again.
One 2015 study from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that researched 16 studies, found that people had a reduction of fat by 19.55% on average. Most people see the most results after the 3 month mark when the fat is finally eliminated and you are left with a more visibly slimmer figure. This fat loss can often be kept permanently with healthy habits, leaving you with long-term results. Lose those love handles and keep them off with CoolSculpting freezing technology.
Is CoolScuplting Safe?
The cooling applicator is set to a specific temperature that won’t affect the skin, muscle or nerve tissue surrounding the fat because it freezes at a higher temperature than other cells. The cryolipolysis technology has been researched and determined to be a safe and effective treatment that has little effect on other aspects of the body like liver function, cholesterol, triglycerides, low/high-density lipoprotein, and glucose levels.
Cryolipolysis was influenced by cryosurgery which is used to treat internal and external tumors by freezing them with extreme cold from liquid nitrogen. CoolSculpting is known to be successful and safe way to target fat cells with little to no side effects and minor risks. Although everyone is different, it is common for patients to feel nothing, but slight tugging between the cooling panels during the procedure. Noticeable side effects occur only around the treated area and are often minor and go away within a few days to weeks after treatment. There may be numbness and sensitivity on the treated area for up to a month. CoolSculptings common immediate side effects include:
- pinching sensation
- minor swelling
- skin sensitivity
- mild to moderate pain
- muscle cramping
- itchiness, especially a few days after the procedure
- dead fat cells may be eliminated by the body through diarrhea
- After neck/chin treatments you may have a feeling of fullness in the throat
Fat Reduction vs. Fat Loss
CoolSculpting is a fat reduction treatment and does not help you to lose weight. This treatment is the most commonly used procedure for non-surgical fat reduction. Losing weight doesn’t allow you to sculpt the areas of your body you want like fat reduction does. CoolSculpting helps you target the areas where you want to reduce fat so you can lose those love handles. When you are born, you have a unique set number of fat cells that does not change throughout your life. This number of fat cells doesn’t change, but each cell can expand with weight gain. This weight gain can cause unwanted bulges of fat that can be slimmed down with diet and exercise. However, the process of losing weight can be long and it can be difficult to achieve the results you want in the areas you want.
What to Expect
CoolSculpting is a relatively new treatment to cosmetic surgery so choosing a professional, experienced and trusted plastic surgeon is crucial for a safe and comfortable procedure. The procedure itself is quick, easy and essentially painless. One treatment session will take about 30 to 60 minutes, however, the results may take 3 to 6 months to appear. The number of sessions and cost of treatment will depend on your situation, budget and goals for your fat reduction. Treatment of a small area can start around $500 and upwards of $1,200 for larger areas. This may seem like a lot to spend on one treatment, but the advantages to this procedure like, no anesthesia, down time or scars, may out way the costs. You are also likely to spend a similar amount or more on liposuction procedures which provide similar results to CoolSculpting, but is a much more invasive procedure. If you are concerned about costs, check out the financing options at Barrie Plastic Surgery Clinic.
The procedure will begin with a thorough assessment of the treatment areas. You will than have a cooling agent applied on the fat area which is clamped down with the cooling plates. This may cause deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness, discomfort, pressure, intense cold, and mild pain, but will dissipate quickly. Many of our patients read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
After the procedure you may have some bruising, swelling and pain in the treatment areas as typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and some pain. Other rare side effects are also possible and you should not have the procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. You may also experience an inflammatory response which causes swelling and nerve pain for the first few weeks. Like any other medical procedure, be sure to ask if this treatment is right for you.
A trusted surgeon like Dr. Tumi at Barrie Plastic Surgery Center wants to help you reach your body goals, allowing you to feel comfortable, safe and well cared for. A consultation with Dr. Tumi will help you determine if the procedure is right for you, the course of treatment you may require, and what areas are best to treat.
Is CoolSculpting Right for me?
CoolSculpting lets you freeze the fat cells away, giving you a slimmer figure while allowing you to also maintain healthy habits. Since there are no incisions, stitches, anesthesia, pain or down time, you can get back to bettering yourself right away. CoolSculpting is being considered as a safer, non-invasive fat reduction treatment compared to surgeries like liposuction. This procedure is a great choice for patients who are close to their ideal weight, but have excess fat in one of the 9 CoolSculpting problem areas that aren’t responding to diet or exercise like love handles.
After the body expels the dead fat cells that were frozen off in 2 to 6 months, you will see results, with up to 20-25% fat reduction with just one session. Individuals who maintain a healthy diet and exercise will find cryolipolysis to be a safe, effective and easy way to shed those tricky fatty areas. This treatment is not used for weight loss and is not suggested as an obesity treatment.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that requires no down time and can be a great alternative to surgical fat reduction treatments. There are no surgical risks involved with CoolSculpting which means no risk of bleeding, infection or a poor reaction to anesthesia. This cosmetic procedure is also a great option because it is very discreet and has no scarring or visible markings left. This type of procedure also requires no after care help and no help from others to get to and from the surgery center. This procedure is also considered a lot less painful than surgery. Although there are minor side effects and possible discomfort, CoolSculpting is not a surgery so there is significantly less pain and soreness in severity and duration than a surgical procedure. This non-invasive treatment is more comfortable for the patient both during and after the procedure. With CoolSculpting, you can get back to your normal activities faster, allowing you to work out sooner than you could with a surgery.
Similar to cosmetic surgeries, CoolSculpting targets specific problem areas like love handles and can sculpt and contour the body, but is typically less expensive than intensive surgical procedures. Results can be seen from just one hour long treatment in as little as 2 months. CoolSculpting may give you quicker results than targeted exercises, strict diets and surgical procedures that have long recovery times. The great thing about this kind of treatment is that you can continue your healthy habits like exercising almost right away and they can help enhance your fat reduction treatment.
Choose A Certified CoolSculpting Clinic
Choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon that you trust is essential for feeling safe and comfortable throughout your treatment process. Get the results you are looking for to reach your particular body goals without feeling insecure or pressured to get more treatments. At Barrie Plastic Surgery Clinic, Dr. Tumi and his experienced team will ensure you are feeling comfortable and confident with each and every aspect of the treatment process. Get rid of those tricky, stubborn areas like love handles so you can have the body of your dreams. Book a consultation with Dr. Tumi to find out if CoolSculpting is a procedure for you and what treatment would look like for you.